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NORVA supports the Girls of Madagascar

NORVA members voted at the annual meeting to use $1,000.00 of our funds budgeted for overseas projects to fund a GLOW Camp in Madagascar.

The project was nominated for funding by Madagascar RPCV and NORVA member Paul Cook. 

From the PCPP grant description:

"This PCPP grant will provide funding for a Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) camp to be held in Madagascar. The girls participating in the camp will be Middle School and High School students…


Added by Tom Schreiber on March 15, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments

Soups of the World is A Huge Success!

Our sincere appreciation to all of the volunteers, donors and attendees of Saturday's Soups of the World Event.   

More than 170 NORVA supporters dined on 18 Soups.  In all, we served over 30 gallons of soup representing Mali, El Salvador, Slovenia, Paraguay, Nepal, Ukraine, India, China, and several Eastern European and American favorites.   The soups won rave reviews for their taste and authenticity.

The event raised over $8,500 in support of…


Added by Tom Schreiber on November 19, 2013 at 10:31am — No Comments

NORVA featured in World View Magazine

This Summer's World View Magazine, a publication of the National Peace Corps Association, featured our own "Service Saturday" on page 10.  Congratulations to Co-President Miranda Lange who originated Service Saturday, our Service Committee (Charity McDonald and Sara Contineza) and all of the volunteers who have given time an energy to our tutoring program.  NORVA Members Kathryn Baus and Noell Zalar are pictured in the magazine.  If you haven't had a chance to participate, join us in…


Added by Tom Schreiber on July 11, 2013 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Peace Corps Volunteers Extend Malaria Efforts to Villages and Towns Across Africa

There has been some great press recently for a project by recent RPCV and current NORVA board member Benjamin Gascoigne.  

See a great short video about the efforts by Ben in Sengal and other Africa RPCV's to stamp out Malaria. …


Added by Tom Schreiber on May 14, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Kosovo Youth Exchange Program (KYEP), is now recruiting host families for the upcoming 2013-14 school year

RPCV and NORVA member Madeline Rife has the following opportunity for Cleveland Area families.


with the Kosovo Youth Exchange Program (KYEP)

a program funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo

What is KYEP?

KYEP is an exchange program for accomplished high school students from Kosovo. The program is

funded by the U.S.…


Added by Tom Schreiber on May 12, 2013 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

Soups of the World needs a venue

Do you know a great location to meetup with RPCV's for an evening of fall fun and lots of delicious soup?  NORVA is searching for the perfect venue for our annual fundraiser.  The place should:

-Accommodate 200 people

-Include Tables and Chairs and small presentation space

-Have parking for those people

-Have a kitchen, or at least an area where soup can be prepared with Microwaves and Hotplates.

The ideal location would also

-Allow beer…


Added by Tom Schreiber on April 19, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

NORVA helps fund Swim Camp Project in the Philippines

One of NORVA's primary goals is to help support currently serving Northern Ohio Volunteers in the field.  With a donation of $501.00 to this Peace Corps Partnership Project, we were able to complete the funding for this excellent project from volunteer Nehama Rogozen .

Added by Tom Schreiber on March 25, 2013 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Thanks and Congratulations

Thanks to everyone who attended last nights Nomination Party and Annual Meeting.  We had a great turnout for both events.

Detailed meeting notes will be published, but I wanted to congratulate the new officers elected last night.

Co-President - Miranda Lange - Mali 09 -12

Secretary - David Wylie - Georgia 06 - 08

Membership -…


Added by Tom Schreiber on March 22, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Annual Meeting

It's been exciting planning the 2013 Annual Meeting, we really hope you can attend.  In addition to our regular business, we'll be electing some new leaders for NORVA.  If you are interesting in taking a leadership role, or would like to nominate someone, please contact any current member of the NORVA board.

We'll also have numerous available slots on our committees.  We'll need a lot of help with this year's Soups of the World fundraiser, so please consider contributing your…


Added by Tom Schreiber on March 11, 2013 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Our Second Service Saturday - Building Momentum

10 Northern Ohio RPCV's had a great time today practicing conversation with refugees on Cleveland's Near West Side.

For the second month in a row, we had a strong turnout and we were able to provide a shared perspective with those learning a new language in a new culture.  Our experience was deeply felt as the volunteers worked one-on-one or in small groups.…


Added by Tom Schreiber on February 23, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NORVA donates 400 books for a PCV project in the Phillipines

NORVA member and repeat Peace Corps Volunteer Richard Strauss reached out to NORVA during his current stint in the Phillipines.  He had an opportunity for us to provide 400 books for a school he is serving for $100.00.  

We're thrilled to report, that after the usual developing world complications, the books have arrived!  …


Added by Tom Schreiber on February 5, 2013 at 7:56pm — No Comments

First "Service Saturday" Success

Thanks to all of the Volunteers at our first Service Saturday!  10 RPCV's helped 18 refugees with simple conversation and cross-cultural practice.  

Volunteers met for a few minutes prior and got pointers and logistics from Amy Moniot.  Once the beneficiaries arrived, things got fun quickly.  Volunteers asked some basic questions provided on index cards to get an idea of the beneficiaries language ability.  Our refugees varied in skill from one man who taught English…


Added by Tom Schreiber on January 29, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Thanks to NORVA volunteers for participating in Building Hope in the City's Health Cafe

In March Norva Volunteers helped Building Hope in the City by volunteering to staff a health cafe for Nepalese and other immigrants.  We learned a little Nepali, taught a little English, and generally had a nice time visiting with these recent Clevelanders while they waited for their turn at the health screenings.…


Added by Tom Schreiber on April 16, 2012 at 9:26pm — No Comments

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